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March 13, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - March 13

FEATURED HEADLINE

Hulk Hogan, Steve Wozniak, Bill Cosby and more: Breaking down Michigan basketball's NCAA tourney pod
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
The Michigan basketball team found out its initial NCAA Tournament destiny Sunday when it drew 13th-seeded Ohio of the Mid-American Conference.

FOOTBALL

Spring preview: Linebacker is Michigan football team's deepest position
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
The Michigan football team returns every player that started at linebacker last season

Combine snub helps fuel ex-Michigan tight end Kevin Koger as pro day looms
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. now ranks Koger among his 10 best tight end prospects, and projects him as a fifth- or sixth-round pick in next month's draft. CBS Sports pegs him the No. 8 tight end and a fifth-round pick.

Spring preview: With stability in Fitz Toussaint, Michigan looks to add to rushing attack
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Fitz Toussaint was the Big Ten's biggest surprises at tailback last season after boosting his production by 954 yards, and finishing with more than 1,000 overall. That was the largest bump in the league among tailbacks.

BASKETBALL

Plenty of connections between the Michigan and Ohio basketball teams
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Some analysts had projected the Michigan basketball team to open tournament play in Columbus, Ohio, Burke's hometown. As the selection show moved forward, it appeared his wish might come true.

Ohio's defense a focus for Michigan
Rod Beard The Detroit News
Coaches often talk about having a short memory and forgetting bad performances. Michigan coach John Beilein doesn't want to forget his team's drubbing at the hands of Ohio State.

Michigan looks to stick around awhile in NCAA Tournament
Bob Wojnowski The Detroit News
No nervous anticipation this time, and that's more progress for Michigan. Instead, there's greater anticipation for what's ahead, and that's where the next leap must occur.

Michigan basketball preparing to play the real 'Ohio'
The Detroit News
Michigan's opening game in the NCAA Tournament is against Ohio. Ohio? As in "Ohio," which Michigan football coach Brady Hoke uses to refer to arch-rival Ohio State? "Ohio" also is how Michigan basketball coach John Beilein refers to the Buckeyes.

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein clears up difference between 'Ohio' and 'Ohio U'
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
John Beilein was creating a bit of confusion Sunday when discussing the Michigan basketball team's upcoming NCAA Tournament matchup, while also touching on the Wolverines' Big Ten Tournament-ending loss a day earlier.

FROM THE OTHER SIDELINE

Michigan's opponent: Ohio's offense runs through D.J. Cooper
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
OU's Kampe likes U-M but says Ohio's guard play is built for tournaments

RECRUITING

Top four for Onwualu
Josh Helmholdt Rivals.com
Several weeks of intense recruiting attention and visits were capped by a school service project to Costa Rica this past week for St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall athlete James Onwualu. The chance to get out of the country and clear his head gave the 6-2, 205-pound athlete clarity on his recruitment.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

NCAA women's tournament: Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan get ready to dance
Mick McCabe The Detroit Free Press
The state of Michigan had three women's teams earn berths in the NCAA tournament for the first time Monday, matching the number of men's teams from the state that earned bids Sunday.

AROUND THE NATION

Board explains firing of Joe Paterno
ESPN.com
Penn State trustees, faced with continued alumni and student criticism for firing football coach Joe Paterno, on Monday released a statement intended to underscore their rationale for his ouster: "failure of leadership" for his actions following a reported sex assault involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Scandal stains UNC's reputation
Ivan Maisel ESPN.com
The Butch Davis era began at North Carolina in November 2007 with high hopes. It ended Monday in the dreadful, funereal ritual of the release of a report of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

TCU player charged for pot delivery
The Associated Press ESPN.com
Cornerback Devin Johnson is charged with three cases of delivery of marijuana between one-quarter ounce and five pounds of marijuana. Johnson and three others are accused of selling marijuana to undercover officers, sometimes arranging deals around practices.



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